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English Literature A Level (AQA) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

English Literature A Level will be examined at the end of the two years 

The course focuses specifically on genre – Aspects of Tragedy (Yr 12) and Elements of Social and Political Protest Writing (Yr 13).

  • NEA (coursework) focuses on theory and independence.


Year 12:           

Component 1: Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy)

Texts: ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ’Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller, Poetry by John Keats        


Year 13:           

Component 2: Texts and Genres (Social and Political Protest Writing)

Texts: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khalled Hosseini, ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake

The exam will also focus on an unseen text of the genre

Year 13:          

Component 3: NEA (coursework) – Theory and Independence. One text must be poetry and one must be prose.  Chosen texts are to be connected to a section of the AQA Critical Anthology (Narrative Theory, Feminist criticism, Marxist criticism, Post-colonialism criticism, Eco-criticism, Literary Value and the Canon). Choice of texts are purely down to students’ own choices, but they need to be academic enough to be worthy of A ‘Level study.  We can guide in the selection of texts.



Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Paper 1:          Aspects of Tragedy – 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Paper 2:          Elements of Social and Political Protest Writing – 3 hours.

NEA:               This comprises two pieces of coursework each of 1250-1500 words (undertaken at the end of                   Year 12).

Future opportunities

Your experience of the course will equip you to argue a viewpoint in speech and writing and will develop your critical sense and your awareness of the subtle effects of language.  It will give you the stimulus to develop your own values and outlook on life, as well as an appreciation of the richness of literature.  Your qualification in English Literature at A Level will help you in the pursuit of almost any career - as skill and confidence in the use of language is of obvious relevance in all walks of life.

Further information

English Literature links particularly well with most Humanities subjects, Drama and Social Sciences.

Contact Miss Riotto, Acting Head of Department via e-mail:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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